Odierno: More troops in Afghanistan may get pink slips

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by NorwichDad, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. BR2011

    BR2011 10-Year Member

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    On the ground the Coast Guard has the RAID Team which as described above helps make sure that supplies are properly loaded/marked/packed to clear customs. There are also 6 Patrol Boats in the Arabian Gulf which provided security to Iraqi Oil terminals during the heights of the war in Iraq. They continue to be operate with the Navy 5th fleet in the area.

    I think what cga82 is trying to say is that there are a lot of Coasties who live stateside for 20 years and claim the benefits (and might often complain when they are taken away or reduced) while someone who has been in real danger gets asked to leave.
     
  2. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad 5-Year Member

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    I know, but for a family what difference does it make for a service person to die in direct fire, freezing in the Bering Sea trying to rescue someone, falling form a cliff in Ranger School or in a F-15 training mission with engine malfunction. Coast Guard is in that mix. It is a dangerous business every day.
     
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  3. cga82

    cga82 Banned

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    I disagree. I've been in the Bering Sea-North and South Pole, Liberia, various cutters and a CG Pilot. I've been in more tight spots than most Coast Guardsmen and would take my hat off for the DOD folks anytime. Their deployments and conditions to which they have to endure by far supersede my experiences with the CG. I've been around the CG for more than 33yrs and work withCG personnel daily. I have one older West Point brother who physically and mentally endured more than I could even imagine. I have an older USNA brother who was a Fast Attack Submariner who endured long deployments in cramped quarters(he's 6'3") with no sunshine. His education and training never stopped (Read the Rickover Effect-whom everyone had to interview to get in his Navy). He was station in Groton during my entire 4yrs at CGA and I saw him only once(the required them to be aboard all the time-ask a nuc guy). My son a USNA grad is now on an 8 month deployment (great for the married life).

    I have never seen a pink slip given to anyone in the CG. In fact, LCDR-(0-4's) same a Major are guaranteed a 20 yr retirement check unless under a contract and then I still think they can retire. I have seen people get relieved(pink slip) but that is when they are at the dock.

    Don't get me on the disability topic for that is a moral and ethical problem-if you know the difference.
     
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  4. cga82

    cga82 Banned

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    BR2011 you are right on. You are a smart guy. I couldn't have said it better. I have one of your classmates in my office-great guy.
     
  5. cga82

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    Dr. thank you for your service! What happened in your disability?
     
  6. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    Nothing significant. Lower back pain, botched sleep apnea surgery, bad shoulders, etc. I have another 10 years to go (God willing) before I think about retirement.